The most common causes of superficial tooth discoloration are cigarettes and other tobacco products and foods and beverages like coffee, tea, red wine, dark berries, dark spices and products with artificial colorings. Foods high in acid content like citrus fruits and juices can temporarily soften tooth enamel, making it easier for stains to penetrate the tooth surface. Poor oral hygiene can also make teeth look dull and gray. All of these types of discolorations can be dramatically improved with in-office teeth whitening. Some types of deeper discoloration may be caused by injury to the tooth, root canal, long-term use of medications and certain diseases. These deeper discolorations typically require a veneer, crown or bonding to correct.
Our office uses the top whitening treatments dentistry has to offer including Kor whitening, at home whitening, and Zoom teeth whitening which is designed to achieve dramatic whitening in just one office visit. During Zoom treatment, a professional-strength whitening gel is applied to the tooth surfaces, and a light is directed at the teeth to activate the gel and help it penetrate for longer-lasting and more consistent results. A special soft-sided mouthguard is used to hold the lips back from the teeth during treatment to enable the light to reach all the visible surfaces and to prevent the gel from being removed by the lips. During treatment, the gel may be reapplied several times to ensure maximum results. Once whitening is complete, the gel is removed from the teeth, and patients can enjoy their whiter, brighter, healthier-looking teeth right away.
Some patients may experience tooth sensitivity during treatment, but these side effects will resolve soon afterward. Having teeth whitened professionally helps limit sensitivity by addressing tiny fissures, cracks and other issues that can increase the chances of sensitivity.
Yes. Professional tooth whitening is performed under a dentist’s care, so it’s very safe and it can also provide much more consistent and dramatic results in far less time — just one 1-hour visit compared to days of treatment with over-the-counter products. Dr. Robertson will help each patient decide which method is the best option for their teeth whitening needs.
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